Acne, also known as “acne vulgaris”, is a skin problem that occurs when dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria and oil from the skin clog hair follicles, resulting in pimples. If your skin is repeatedly affected by this condition, you may have acne, which commonly develops on the face, back, chest and shoulders because these areas of skin have the most oil (sebaceous) glands. Hair follicles are connected to oil glands.
Acne signs and symptoms vary depending on the severity of your condition:
- Whiteheads (closed plugged pores)
- Blackheads (open plugged pores)
- Small red, tender bumps (papules)
- Pimples (pustules), which are papules with pus at their tips
- Large, solid, painful lumps beneath the surface of the skin (nodules)
- Painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the surface of the skin (cystic lesions)
- Excess oil production
- Hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells accumulating in pores
- Bacteria build up in pores
- Excess activity of a type of hormone (androgens)
- Keep your face clean by cleansing twice daily
- Keep your skin moisturised with a hydrating cream
- Practice sun safety and wear broad spectrum sunscreen daily
- Use makeup sparingly and use non-comodogenic products, meaning it doesn’t clog pores
- Keep hands and hair off your face
- Nourish your skin from the inside – drink more water and eat healthy fruits and vegetables. Avoid dairy and foods high in processed sugar as it may trigger acne
- Don’t pick your spots
- Don’t stress! Exercise!
HOW WE CAN HELP
While acne can improve over time, it can often leave scars behind. It is recommended to treat Acne as soon as it appears, and here at Savant we have multiple treatment options to treat this problem and prevent scar forming such as:
- Consult with your Savant specialist on which products containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinol and other acids are best to apply on your skin.
- Microneedling, which stimulates collagen production and lessens the appearance of scars.
- Laser treatments
- Chemical peels to remove the scarred surface and expose unblemished layers
- Superficial peels such as glycolic or salicylic acid to help loosen whiteheads, blackheads and decrease pimples
- IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) to remove excess oil and dead skin cells from clogged pores.
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
If products and treatments don’t clear your acne, see your primary care doctor. He or she can prescribe stronger medications. If acne persists or is severe, you may want to seek medical treatment from a doctor who specialiSes in the skin (dermatologist).
For many women, acne can persist for decades, with flares common a week before menstruation. This type of acne tends to clear up without treatment in women who use contraceptives.
Seek emergency medical help if after using a skin product you experience:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the eyes, face, lips or tongue
- Tightness of the throat.
We recommend having a consultation prior to the treatment, where our highly experienced Savant Specialists will assess the areas you wish to treat and generate a bespoke treatment plan for you.